Questions about traveling in Turkey

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Jul 31st, 2000, 10:31 AM
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Sandi
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Questions about traveling in Turkey

We are going to be traveling to Turkey at the end of August. We will stay in Istanbul for a few days then fly to Kayseri. When we get to Kayseri should we rent a car or should we try to get a local driver to drive us around. A friend told me that Turkish drivers make NY city cabbies look like little old lady drivers. Also we are going to Izmir, Kusadasi, and Bodrum. Again would we be better renting a car or getting a driver. Thanks,
Sandi
 
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Jul 31st, 2000, 02:35 PM
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Hello Sandi---if you need some info/suggestions on Istanbul, let us know.
We would like to hear about your driving experiences when you return as we thinking of driving when we return.

As far as Istanbul taxi drivers-----they create three lanes or four when the road is designed for two !
 
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Jul 31st, 2000, 06:31 PM
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We have been readers of this web site for a long time and have read several times about the dangers of driving in Turkey. We have traveled the roads of Turkey, from north to south and from east to west. Frankly, we are puzzled. Because, other than in croweded Istanbul, we have experienced no difficulties on the roads in Turkey. The advantage of having a Turk do the driving is that it frees you from trying to keep track of where you are. The roads themselves are generally quite good, two-lane blacktop. Only drive during daylight because in the back country animals tend to roam at night, people congregate on the roads to talk, and slow-moving tractors clog the way. Also, you will notice many more trucks than cars on the roads. These trucks can be quite big, and we found their drivers rather careless. So look out for the trucks, drive defensively (if you decide to drive), and you will have a grand time. One more thing: be sure you keep your gas tank topped up. There are stretches where it's a long way between pumps. And incidentally, Turkey has some of the nicest and cleanest rest stops where gas services and restaurants are combined. We found them to be uniformly excellent. The food was quite good, they wash your car for pennies while you eat, and the rest rooms are kept spotless. We can't say the same for some restaurants in towns. But Turkish toilets are another subject...
 
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Aug 7th, 2000, 12:07 PM
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We lived in TU 7 years and drove over 50,000 miles there and the only accident we ever had was when I rear-ended another American on base. Pretty much agree with al's comments. However, do not under any circumstances hire a driver. You will be taken where you don't want to go and told you can't go where you do want to go, and mandatory shopping will be the order of each day.
 
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